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Jesus Portrait In Public Ohio Middle School To Stay

Posted 01.10.2013 | Education

The American Civil Liberties Union stepped in Thursday as school officials in Jackson City, Ohio are ignoring the demands of an atheist group, decidin...

Think Again: More Tea Party Fiction

Eric Alterman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Among the most recent trees to fall in the forest of Tea Party fiction is the work of alleged "historian" David Barton. Unfortunately, the Barton saga is all too typical of the Tea Party ethos -- one that many in the mainstream media have frequently given a free pass.

Texas And (Part Of) Louisiana Square Off In Evolution Debate

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Deep in the Bible Belt, some thoughtful politicians have found a way to say no to creationism. And these same leaders are actually making changes that will make a significant difference in the lives of students.

Holding God Accountable

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

I am not suggesting that the IRS necessarily wipe out all current distinctions between various kinds of not-for-profit organizations, but it does seem reasonable to suggest that we would all benefit from a greater degree of transparency from religious organizations.

How Dade Commissioners Pissed Off ACLU

Posted 12.19.2012 | Miami

Tuesday, for the first time since 2004, a prayer began a Miami-Dade commissioner meeting even amongst criticism that mixing religion and government is...

Montana Parents: Christmas Songs Bully

Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

An group of parents in Missoula, Mont., say they may seek legal counsel to fight an elementary school's song selection for its annual holiday performa...

GOP Governor Criticized Over Religious Rally

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is being criticized by a secular group for speaking at, and promoting, a religious rally Saturday in Topeka. American...

For The Separation Of Menorah And State

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Taking a symbol like the menorah, which represents that struggle of adhering to faith in the face of an oppressive Greek culture that believed everything should be secular and rational, and redefining it as having secular connotations contradicts what the menorah represents.

Could the Country Please Turn More Purple?

Barbara R. Carter | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Barbara R. Carter

Wouldn't it be wonderful to find our "purple peace" in our families, neighborhoods, states and our country?

Common Grounds and Common Sense

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We do not need a Church of America: what the founding fathers knew in 1776 holds true in 2011. In spite of right-wing Christian rhetoric to the contrary, that we are a secular nation cannot be denied.

Rhode Island To Leave 'Christmas' Out Of Tree Ceremony -- Again

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion

By Jason McLure Nov 27 (Reuters) - Rhode Island will go ahead with plans to hold a "holiday tree" lighting ceremony in the state capit...

Oklahoma Erects 10 Commandments Monument With Spelling Errors

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

An Oklahoma state lawmaker oversaw the installation of a 2,000-lb. granite block depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol Fr...

Roy Moore, Redidivus

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Make no mistake about it; this was a significant election result with legal, cultural and religious consequence. It serves as a reminder of why we need to pay attention to more than just the presidential and congressional electoral results, nationwide.

Secular America Wins!

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

After last night's election, secular Americans can do things they haven't done in years: They can celebrate. They can feel a smidgen optimistic about the future of their country. And they can stop prattling on about repatriating to Canada.

These Republicans Will Never Rule Again -- What the American Election Has to Teach the World

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

So what does Obama's re-election have to teach the world? One thing: the culture wars are over. These elections were not about abortion, guns, gays, or god -- they were about demographics.

Texas Tea Will Make You Sick

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

The Tea Party has pushed Texas politics so far to the right that bipartisanship now means the right wing cooperating with the far-right wing. In thei...

Protecting Progressive Policy Requires a Balanced Supreme Court

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

For years, conservatives have been making courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, a priority on their agenda. Given the Court's 5-4 ideological divide, it's time for progressives to catch up.

Florida Amendment 8: Infusing Religion With Government

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 01.01.2013 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

As a high school student, I am greatly concerned for future generations of Floridians living in a state that might be governed by a measure that deprecates one of the most important tenets of this nation.

The Fundamental Error in Defining a "Catholic Vote"

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

The fundamental error in defining a vote as Catholic is that it assumes that I have only one identity that governs my thought process and that determines my behavior.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court To Hear Case Against 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a non-religious family that's challenging the mandatory daily recitation ...

Were There Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark? The Revisionaries Explores the Separation of Church and State

Kristin McCracken | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Kristin McCracken

The Texas School Board of Education's debates are on full display in Scott Thurman's riveting Tribeca Film Festival 2012 documentary The Revisionaries, in theaters this week.

New Republican 8-Point Platform to Balance the Budget & Create a Healthy America!

Nick Bassill | Posted 12.25.2012 | Comedy
Nick Bassill

Women should not be allowed to drive so that they do not pose a risk to the men drivers who are driving for a good reason, such as going to work, to the golf course or to meet their buddies for a beer or a trip to the local strip club.


Eliza Wood | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Eliza Wood

It will be interesting to watch which way the faithful but independent trend in their voting in 2012, because one thing independents like less than joining forces with either major group is to hear sermons about politics in church or synagogue.

Judge Rules Couple Cannot Change Their Last Name To 'ChristIsKing'

Associated Press | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge has told a Staten Island pastor and his wife that they cannot take the Lord's name in vain. Civil Court Judge Philip Stra...

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.